BYOB in the HV

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What is better than a locals-approved restaurant that allows you to bring your own bottle? Having an impressive and community-centric shop nearby that stocks your favorite Hudson Valley-made wines and ciders! Discover the best BYOB restaurants that have low-no corkage fees and snag a locally-crafted beverage nearby to enjoy with your meal.

Beacon

Ziatun | 244 Main Street, Beacon
+ Artisan Wine Shop | 180 Main Street, Beacon

Ziatun is a Palestinian-Arabic-Middle Eastern restaurant with a number of vegan and vegetarian options. It’s a great place to have a family-style meal with friends as there are many small plates and shareable options. Do not leave without ordering the Foule and Pita—cooked fava beans, jalapeno, tomato, fresh lemon, and garlic. While they serve wine and beer, patrons can bring a bottle of their choosing for a $20 corkage fee.

In walking distance is Artisan Wine Shop. Since 2006 Artisan has had its focus on small producers, organic and biodynamic wines, and of course local options. They also offer food pairing consulting and have an in-shop, gourmet kitchen. Stop in for bottles from Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery, Millbrook Winery, Brooklyn Cider House, Mysto Mead, Wild Arc Farm, and Sundström Cider, among others.

Hudson

Hudson Curry House | 350 Fairview Avenue, Columbia Center Plaza, Hudson
+ Hudson Valley Wine Merchants | 341½ Warren Street, Hudson

Hudson Curry House is an Indian tandoori restaurant that specializes in traditional Hindi cuisine. The Curry House has an extensive vegetarian menu and plays delightful Bollywood movies at certain times during the year. They do not have a liquor license and invite guests to bring their own bottles without a fee.

Hudson Valley Wine Merchants has been a staple in Hudson since 2004. They pride themselves on a thoughtful selection of products based on importer tastings and vineyard visits. They have an educational wine club that includes information on the grapes and regions of each product and also host in-store tastings. Pop in before the Curry House to grab bottles from Kings Highway Fine Cider, Stone Bridge Cider, Sundström Cider, Fjord Vineyards, and Hudson-Chatham Winery.

Newburgh

Lodger | 188 Liberty Street, Newburgh
+ Palate Wine & Spirits | 115 Liberty Street, Newburgh

Lodger is a special space that hosts dinners, classes, private events, readings, and more. The ethos of the space is intentional conviviality. Rather than sitting separately, there is one long table in the dining room meant to be shared with friends and strangers. Dinners consist of four courses of the chef’s choosing and guests initiate BYOB—on most nights you will find celebratory sharing up and down the long table. Chef and owner Leon Johnson came to Newburgh from South Africa via Detroit, and many of the dishes at Lodger are inspired by his old stomping grounds.

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Convivial sharing at Lodger’s long table. Photo: Courtesy Lodger

Just a couple of blocks down the road you can stop into Palate Wine & Spirits which is a tiny treasure trove of unconventional wines, bargains within categories, and a focus on small producers. Most noteworthy is their New York section which is filled with an abundance of Hudson Valley goodness, including beverages from Metal House Cider, Graft Cider, Enlightenment Wine, Wild Arc, Aaron Burr Cider, Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider, and Millbrook Winery, among others. 

New Paltz

The Main Course | 175 Main Street, New Paltz
+ Hudson Valley Wine Market | 119 Main Street, Gardiner

The Main Course is a local-centric, modern American restaurant and catering company. From the maple syrup to the sustainable, free-range beef—everything is locally sourced. Throughout the year, communal dinners and other culinary events are hosted by chef and owner, Bruce Kazan, as well. While they serve wine, beer, and cocktails, guests are welcome to bring their own bottle. The corkage fee is a meager $1 per glass to cover the cost of washing and polishing each glass.

Just a few miles away is Hudson Valley Wine Market in Gardiner. The Market has a vast array of local wines to choose from, featuring Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery, Glorie Farm Winery, Robibero Winery, Benmarl Winery, Brotherhood Winery, and Warwick Valley Winery. The owner is dialed into the Hudson Valley craft beverage scene and the selection at the shop is a testament to promoting local businesses. 

Rhinebeck

Terrapin Restaurant | Bistro | Bar | 6426 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck
+ Rhinebeck Wine & Liquor | 41 East Market Street, Rhinebeck

Terrapin has been a local favorite since 1998—originally in West Hurley. In 2003 they moved to a gorgeous, renovated church that was built in 1825. The massive, arched windows and sweeping cathedral ceilings make the experience equally about the atmosphere as much as it is about the food. The chef takes full advantage of the local bounty, using seasonal ingredients that are sourced from nearby farms. The corkage fee is only $15 per bottle, and the fee is waived completely on Sundays. 

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A local favorite for its casual farm-to-table menu and affordable corkage.
Photo: Courtesy Terrapin Restaurant

Less than three minutes away is Rhinebeck Wine & Liquor which specializes in local, organic, and kosher wines. Pop in and grab a bottle from Millbrook, Brotherhood, Milea Estate Vineyard, Nine Pin Cider, King’s Highway Fine Cider, and Mysto Mead.

Westchester

Meritage Restaurant | 1505 Weaver Street, Scarsdale
+ Westchester Wine Warehouse | 53 Tarrytown Road, White Plains

Established in 2004, Meritage Restaurant serves up New American cuisine in a cozy, upscale atmosphere. Ingredients are sourced from Hudson Valley purveyors and some come as locally as their own garden! While they have an exceptional wine list, they also make it easy to bring a bottle of your own without breaking the bank. On Tuesdays there is no corkage fee at all, while on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, the corkage fee is $25 a bottle. Friday and Saturday the fee increases to $40 a bottle.

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BYOB is free on Tuesdays at Westchester’s Meritage.
Photo: Courtesy Meritage Restaurant

If you are in need of a vast selection, Westchester Wine Warehouse probably has what you are looking for. While Millbrook, Fjord, Brotherhood, and Eve’s Cider are readily available, they are happy to order local products on request. (They will order, ship and deliver any item that is not in their immediate inventory at a discounted price.) Support your local wineries by getting them a new placement and some fresh sets of eyes and palates on their products! 

Honorable Mentions

There are many shops in the Hudson Valley that celebrate local wine and craft cider and we want to show them some love, even if there aren’t any BYOB options close by. Stop in and grab your favorite locally-made juice and bring it to a dinner with friends or enjoy it in the comfort of your own home!
Boutique Wine & Spirits Fishkill | 18 Westage Drive, Suite 13, Hudson Valley Towne Center, Fishkill
Ester Wines | 57 N Front Street, Kingston
Golden Russet Cafe & Grocery | 835 Fiddlers Bridge Road, Rhinebeck
Kingston Wine Co. | 65 Broadway, Kingston 
Reed Street Bottle Shop | 34 Reed Street, Coxsackie

Terrapin Restaurant (top): Jen May




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